JASON & ERIN STEWART

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Monday, September 26, 2005

More Roadie 2005 -PEI adventures

Due to the overwhelming 'loved the last blog' response I have decided to post bit and pieces of our journal...here is the PEI section...

After Elana’s history lesson concerning her family roots in NB and we headed into the city to view the tourist trap also known as Magnetic Hill. Yes after five dollars was ripped from our cold hard grasp, we proceeded up and down, up and down, up and down the hill and steering is a necessity with this maneuver. One lesson learned was that the vehicle should remain “on” during the tour so that use of the power steering and brakes can be utilized.
Confederation Bridge was crossed while listening to the electronic voice repeating tourist info. Upon the travels Tara again requested frequent pee breaks. What caused the breaking point with Angie was the third misattempt at shooting a fruit (unfinished) out the window resulting in the fruit landing once again in the bed of Danny D. Angie piped up “Tara by the end of this trip I am envisioning you with your hands tied behind your back and you dragging around a catheter.”
The first stop in PEI Island resulted in scouring the shore for precious finds in the fishing community of North Rustico. Lunch was had and we were off to visit the maritime legendary land of Green Gables. Only to or horror the charge for entrance into the tourist trap was a whopping $6.50 therefore the ladies bypassed the paying of the tickets and went straight for the exit. That is right. We cheaped our way out. The security of Green Gables had been breached by the ladies, one being a “cop”. Elana walked off with several of Anne’s crabapples. And this was a good thing you see because the Gable wasn’t as green as our nation makes it out to be. Don’t get me wrong…. It was “fine” but not worth our precious cashola.
We struck out from Avonlea and found out that sneaking in was not an option so we headed off to Summerside. En route we came across some young punks who were jumping off a bridge. Angie offered us $15 US each for Erin and Elana to jump off Stanley Bridge. Being the cash sucking leeches that they are, they accepted the challenge. The sea poop infested water felt great. After a few more jumps we heckled Angie to come jump. Angie debated and waited while Elana offered her some encouragement by offering her $15 bucks back. Before the words even came out of Elana’s mouth Angie was in the water. Tara called from below “did you guys push her?”, but no we had not, it was the sweet allure of cash that had sent her over the edge.
Prior to our jumps we had been the eye witnesses to a car accident. Had we been lying in the street we would have been killed.
With rats nest hair and the taste of salt still lingering in our mouths, Elana and Angie opted to take up their seats in the back of the truck and let the wind blow the dirt off. With wicked hair and wet clothes we showed up unannounced on Karen and John’s doorstep in Summerside. Erin’s mom had known the Meadows from babysitting their son Ian.
The Meadows offered us several sleeping accommodation suggestions; one included tenting in their backyard. With no reservation we accepted and broke out the still drenched tent from our previous weather predicament back in Maine. Dinner hosted by a slightly intoxicated John Meadows included rotisserie chicken on the barbie, cold brother to the blue lobster, and overcooked corn- according to Karen. Elana got a lobster shower compliments of the over zealous lobster chopper John and one too many tequilas. Those things have a lot of juice! Remember the white stuff means its good lobster. We dropped our utensils in a hurry and were on our way with Karen to the CELTIC show after realizing that the show was starting in less that ½ an hour. Reeking of lobster, we scored the VIP section beside the band of hotties. It took all the will power Elana could muster not to break out onto stage in song and dance with the wee performers. To our astonishment we learned that a BA in bag piping could be obtained through the school of piping,….thus the very same school the performers were studying at.
Leaving the concert with an exuberant amount of energy, the girls trekked over to a local 50’s diner for ice cream with Karen. The lure of the Juke box was especially enticing to Elana who proceeded to empty her pockets into the machine. Good times were had by all.
Arriving back at the truck we tried to gain entry to it. “where were the keys?” someone asked- all eyes turned to the infamous keys locked in the truck Angie Brohart. It is said the best predictor of future events is past ones. The classic Angie move was bound to happen. It wasn’t a matter of if…. but when.
The wonderful John blew up another air mattress so that we could all enjoy some spacious sleeping quarters. Tara and Angie crawled into their beds for a good nights rest. Elana and Erin took the other mattress. Their night started off well, but as the air slowly leaked out, the once flat mattress took on a V like shape. This new ditch caused the girls to slide into the middle for a major spooning session. Early that morn Erin woke to a slight drizzle. “guys I think it’s raining” Less than 10 minutes later the tent was packed up and the girls were hiding from the rain awaiting Mr. CAA man to open the truck.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The much anticipated Road Trip 2005 Top 50!!!

About a month ago Angie, Tara, Elana and I set off for a roadie out east...here are some of the things we learned...enjoy!
1) Tara is one of the most gullible people in the world.
2) Elana, Angie and Erin love to prey on gullible people.
3) PEI is not to be confused with PEI Island
4) Sleeping in the back of a truck is not all it’s cracked up to be-while Tara may disagree.
5) Never trust Tara’s travel decisions/direction or pronunciations.
6) Make sure while changing at a ferry stop that all truckers are sleeping.
7) Tara was born without a bladder…….she is bladderless!
8) Pompeii is not the same as Polonia.
9) The lead singer of a band is sometimes referred to as the “head” singer.
10) Angie is banished from gaining custody of the keys.
11) Tara is banished from throwing food and other item from the truck
12) When in dire need of a place to stay, show up on the doorstep of Erin’s friends and they will welcome you with open arms.
13) Don’t play any of Angie’s “bonding” games
14) When camping...count on rain.
15) No dance on table!
16) The people of Digby will rob you blind...stupid ferry!
17) Take heed when you are the only one swimming and others just look on
18) Don’t wear your best clothes while eating lobster in the company of John Meadows.
19) While holding a towel for a clothes changing friend, it’s best to keep your eyes closed and head turned away.
20) Quebec and De Back are two different things.
21) Elana only looks high
22) Celtic…. not Seltic
23) Erin beat Angie in the alphabet game
24) Erin’s memory is similar to the Encyclopedia Britanica
25) Vermont state troopers are hot.
26) Angie will do almost anything for money including jumping from a bridge.
27) Erin can burp out songs.
28) Wrongturns are delayed righturns.
29) We need wide open spaces!
30) You know you’re tight when you recognize other people’s brands.
31) You can get a BA in bag piping
32) You don’t need utensils to eat a chicken
33) Tara is the queen of losing pillows
34) You don’t need an axe to chop a tree down- a hammer will work
35) Bathing is possible just about anywhere
36) Sssssss ssssssss is the official mating call of the mongoose
37) Get me out of this freaking truck!
38) While driving on a scary deserted Vermont road don’t mention to your friends how the atmosphere reminds you of the Blair Witch Project
39) Four people can definitely fit on one mattress
40) Does Cody McEwen exist?
41) Even cops get confused when they see flashing lights
42) There are no hyphens or K’s in Quebecois
43) When you only poop once every 7 days , you can’t help but envy those who poop 4 times a day
44) Pooping after a week long constipation can only be described as delicious
45) A pic is worth a 1000 pees
46) Angie is the clean truck warden
47) Do not take directions from students in Nova Scotia
48) Underwear is optional
49) Loud bars=ears ringing=hearing loss
50) 7 days is all it take to make life long friends

To my road tripping buddies...YOU ROCK!!!
Peace Erin

Erin - "EXPERIENCE THE CHARM"

Well it has certainly been a long time with out a blog. My apologises. It seems lief has gotten crazy since I have returned from Africa. I have been adjusting fairly well to life back in Canada, for the most part. I must admit that somedays have been a struggle but those days are decreasing and the good days are increasing.
Things are getting back into full swing here in Sudbury. School is going fairly well and with a slight change in attitude(haha) I'm getting back into things. Bible study and youth group is started up again and I am excited for the year to come!
Kelly, her parents, and the boys just returned for a short trip down south. Passing throught the town of ERIN, Kelly snapped a picture of it's VERY fitting slogan
"EXPERIENCE THE CHARM"
I must visit this wonderful place sometime.

On sunday I did my presentation at church. It went very well, or so I am told. This weekend coming up is our GPS fall retreat. I am very excited for it, should be good times. Hopefully Ariel we don't run into anymore bears of cops!!!
This week also marks my first assignment due...blah. Surprisingly I am pretty much done!
Well this blog is kinda stinky but I am lacking on inspiring stories to share. They will come don't you fret!
Love and peace
Erin

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Diving Champ

WELCOME HOME MELISSA!!! That's right everybody's favourite hairy legged girl is back on Canadian soil. while I have yet to see her I hope to fix that problem asap!

Another significant event to note is my mom's birthday. I won't tell you how old sher is..cause I am not quite sure but I could figure it out if I wanted.

And Heidi now joins the great band of bloggers...you can check out her blog by going to the link on the right hand sid eof the page. By the way Heidi or should I say POT...calling the kettle black. I didn't see my blog as a link there...hmmm;)

Well I am off to soccer.
Sorry again about being a blog slacker.
Peace and love,
Erin

p.s. wanna hear about my new fav. class...yeah it's diving and it rocks!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Blog slacker...with good reason

Wow it's been a while and I apologise! Where to start.
First of all the road trip with Angie, Tara and Elana was a ROCK'N good time. So much to tell about there but no time...sorry. I will tell you though that Angie did get us kicked out of a Quebec City bar for dancing on the table. Funniest thing ever!!! Classic Angie. Angie maybe you should explain yourself

After arriving back from the road trip I slept in my own bed for a night then heading out to Galilean the next day.
Galilean was good but a struggle too. Things were finally starting to catch up with me and I had a bit of a tough week. Val C was around though and talking with her helped me release some frustration and emotion. It was awesome to be back at camp. I love that place.

Following Galilean I had another night at home and then headed to Aush-Bik-Koon for another week of camp. It was a FANTASTIC week. The first part of the week was a little rough but I was able to talk with more friends and do some 'debriefing' type stuff. I also was able to do a presentation on Rwanda and I think it went pretty well. Anyone who was there is welcome to comment on it.
ABK ended on the saturday and I started school on the following wednesday(3days ago). I must say that my excitement level for school is lacking but I'm sure it will pick up.

This blog sucks and I apologise but I am alive and doing well. I will blog more later...eventually...hopefully.
Peace and Love,
Sperin